Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

February 26, 2014

Local farmer wins $2,500 for Franklin Farmhands

The Daily Iowegian

---- — Ernie Schmell of Appanoose County has been selected as a winner in America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Schmell selected Franklin Farmhands 4H to receive the $2,500 donation in Appanoose County.

Members of the Franklin Farmhands 4H, Schmell and a Monsanto representative will participate in a ceremonial check presentation today at 7:30 p.m. at Franklin Township Hall, 11650 580th, Centerville.

America’s Farmers Grow Communities works directly with farmers to support nonprofit organizations doing important work in rural communities. The program encourages farmers to enter to win $2,500, which is then directed to the farmer’s nonprofit of choice. Launched nationally in 2011, the program has grown to include 1,289 eligible counties in 39 states. America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is part of the America’s Farmers initiative, which highlights the important contributions farmers make every day to our society. For a complete list of Grow Communities winners and more program information, visit

The America’s Farmers campaign is an advocacy program celebrating U.S. farmers through communications, awards, and special programs that highlight the importance of modern American agriculture. To learn more, visit America’s Farmers at

The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at